In this blog, we will highlight the most popular US immigration stories for this week.
US & Canada Reached A Consensus To Deal With Rising Numbers of Asylum Seekers
A new immigration deal, allowing Canada to return migrants entering the country through unofficial entry points to the US and vice versa, was recently announced by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and US President Joe Biden.
In exchange, Canada agreed to grant entry to 15,000 migrants from the Western Hemisphere legally.
Fees For Travel Visas Are To Be Increased By 15%
An increment in fees for specific nonimmigrant visa applications, including student and travel visas, was announced by the State Department.
The charges for B1 and B2 visitor visas, student and exchange visitor visas, and Border Crossing Cards for Mexican citizens aged 15 years and above will increase by 15% from $160 to $185 from 30 May 2023.
Moreover, charges for specific nonimmigrant visas for temporary workers in H, L, O, P, Q, and R categories will rise from $190 to $205. On the other hand, the charges for treaty investors, treaty traders, and specific specialty occupation applicants in the E category will rise from $205 to $315.
Private Prison Company Under Fire For Exposing Immigrant Detainees To Toxic Chemicals
A new lawsuit allegedly states that the private prison company, GEO Group Inc., cleaned its immigration detention centers with hazardous chemicals inadequately, which led to the detainees developing long-term chronic health problems.
Don’t forget that the GEO Group Inc. has been previously held responsible for different controversial practices, such as inadequate medical assistance for detainees and prolonged solitary confinement.
Fire Incident At A Migrant Detention Center Killed 39 People
A massive fire broke out at a detention center near the US-Mexico border in Ciudad Juárez, killing 39 migrants.
It should be noted that Ciudad Juárez is a significant entry point for migrants coming to the US. However, the majority of the detention centers in the city have gotten overcrowded due to a surge in border crossings in the last few years.
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